Billinge Hill and Orrell Water Park Circular

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Billinge Hill and Orrell Water Park Circular is a 6.3 mile loop trail located near Billinge, Merseyside, England that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.3 miElevation gain905 ftRoute typeLoop
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This walk takes you around Billinge Hill and Orrell Water Park passing through farmlands and Houghwood Golf Course Considering the recent wet winter weather the ground was surprisingly firm where a good width of path was left uncultivated. Billinge Hill at 587ft is one of 176 'Marilyn's' in England and is the highest point on Merseyside but is much closer to Wigan. The Orrell Water Park with surrounding woodland was created from two disused reservoirs and is a beautiful place to relax and disconnect. The lower lake has a large car park which would make an alternative starting point as well. The upper lake is given over to course fishing where you can spend the day with family and friends. There are numerous paths along the way which lead to the Greenslate Water Meadows, a local nature reserve.

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John Gobin
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Laura Rachel
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Really good

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Anna Barnett
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Beautiful views, not much road walking.

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David Spencer
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Great walk, hardly past a soul.

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Hannah Kath
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Great walk! We didn’t do the full 10km and cut the short walk short at 6km. Well signposted, easy to follow. A few bits of the walk were on the road but a great walk overall.

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Jon Ridgeon
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Nice walk with some great views. Still a little muddy in places but will be lovely by Easter

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lee walker
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Nice hike muddy in places but enjoyable. some inclines and great views

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Joel Blain
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Joel Blain
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brilliant walk with the dog. Plenty of nice views, it does get muddy in parts but nothing that waterproof boots or wellies can't handle.

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Dave Blincs
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Had a fantastic trail run... thankfully it was dry and sunny. Great views and a few inclines to get the heart pumping Can imagine it would be a little challenging in wet conditions... hence the mud that everyone is talking about

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Safron Newhouse
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Easy and some views

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Craig Hines
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Paul Smith
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graeme rawlings
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Very muddy in parts (most), recommend Wellies or good boots. Really enjoyed the walk and getting off the beaten track. A bit of private land near the end which shows as a footpath but we had to climb a gate (little bit of room next to the gate for a dog but not a person). Coffee at the end at the cafe in the Water Park.

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Robyn Mcilwrath
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Extremely muddy. Very difficult going uphill. I would recommend doing this walk when dryer

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stephen allen
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Lee Bowden
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Joanne Stathers
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Complete mud bath from beginning to end. Would probably go back but in dryer months

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John Gobin
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Very muddy in Nov.... need stout boots and gaiters.... maybe poles too ....

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Andrea Shaw
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muddy!!

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Joanne Stathers
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Muddy mess

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Adam Killin
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Easy trail to follow with some stunning views at times. Very muddy in places I’d recommend doing this at a time of year when the paths are drier. If you go now wear nothing less than hiking boots or wellies otherwise you will struggle.

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Steph Taylor
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Great views.. but muddy in places

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Jen Joinson
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Abi Lukacs
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RunningMuddy

Really good trail, very very muddy but still beautiful views so worth it. Part of the trail said private road so I looped round and didn't really make it any longer.

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Damian Lamb
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Lovely walk, a little muddy in places but well worth it.

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Liam S
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Lovely walk

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Kasia Warburton
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Beautiful walk, great views all day long. Loads of farms and fields. Great pub at the end

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Jamie Rodgers
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Catherine Neeson
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Lovely walk. Very muddy. Beautiful views.

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